Commonly asked questions
How long is the season?
The bowling season runs 30 weeks, beginning on the Monday following Labour Day with a BBQ in mid-August to announce teams and meet your fellow bowlers.
What is the cost of bowling?
Currently, the weekly cost to the bowling alley is $13.00 which includes shoe rental if required.
For regular bowlers, an annual fee of $75.00 covers the cost of an opening BBQ, a Pizza Party and a Year-end Banquet as well as prizes for all at the end of the bowling season.
If you have any further questions about the social fees speak to Mary Dunsmore, the League Treasurer.
What is the difference between a regular and a spare bowler?
A regular bowler is assigned to a team and bowls each week. A spare bowler is on a list and can be called by a regular bowler who cannot play. If available, the spare will play on his/her team that week.
If I have never bowled 10 pin or have not bowled for a long time, could I still join?
Of course. Handicaps are given depending on your level of play and there are other bowlers who will coach you along the way.
I have two holidays booked, should I be a spare or a regular bowler?
If you are going to be away, you can “bowl off” ahead of time and your scores are then given to your team. However, you may also decide to be one of our spare bowlers and bowl when you are available.
How do I “Bowl Off”?
There are two ways to bowl-off, that is: to bowl ahead of the date you are going to be away.
Most commonly, once you decide when you want to bowl off, you should call Woodlawn Bowl to see if they have lanes free at that time. Usually the mornings are good or late afternoon. When you arrive at the alley, go up to the desk and pay your weekly VBA fee and tell the person at the desk that you are bowling off for the VBA Seniors League. You will be set up on two lanes and they will explain how to proceed. Once you are finished your three games, go to the desk and you will be given the score sheet and a receipt. When you are ready to use the “bowl-off”, put your name, the name of your team and the date the bowl-off is for on the bottom of the sheet. Take this sheet to Pat Silverthorn at D109 - 71 Bayberry Drive if possible by the Saturday before the bowl-off date. She will then make a record of the scores and forward the scores to the Woodlawn Bowl.
Another way to bowl off is to decide BEFORE you start your regular league play, that that day’s scores will also be a bowl-off. You must go to the desk BEFORE you start playing and tell them that today's scores will also be a bowl off. You will pay them the weekly rate for your bowl off. Then you proceed to pay and play for the current week. At the end of bowling, you will go to the front desk and ask them for your bowl-off scores. They will give you your score sheet and you proceed as above.
Who should have a bowl-off?
All bowlers should have one or two bowl-offs in case of unexpected absence or when you cannot get a spare to bowl for you. If, due to sickness or other responsibility you cannot bowl, you can then take your bowl-off to Pat Silverthorn to put into the system. Of course, if you know you will be away for several weeks, bowlers should make sure they are covered with either a bowl-off or spare bowler.
For further information contact Kathie Mackenzie at email@example.com or call 519 265 0204